Getting a natural farm workout at the Horse & Hen in Hayden, Colo.

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Things I learned staying at the Horse & Hen in Hayden, Colorado, earlier this week:

  • Farmers don’t need to go to the gym. They get plenty of exercise taking care of their goats, pigs, horses, chickens and gardens.
  • Goats can stand on a rounded metal building.
    Goats can stand on a rounded metal building.

    Milking a cow is a zen experience. You get into a rhythm of squeezing the udder, and hearing that zinging noise as a fine stream of milk squirts into a metal bucket.

  • Pigs are piggy. They grunt a lot, their hair is really wiry and they like to bite your shoes. The pink ones also get sunburned, so black or gray pigs would work best in Texas.
  • Goats love to play. And they’re coordinated. They’ll spend all day jumping on and off a slick metal shed with a rounded roof. How do they do that without sliding off?
  • Different kinds of chickens lay different colored eggs.
  • Voles look like chubby little mice with short stubby tails. And they hang out in cow pastures.
  • When you separate a mama cow from its calf, it will sometimes cry for a week.
  • Farm-fresh eggs are the best!
    Farm-fresh eggs are the best!Home-grown sausage is the best

    Kids today think food comes from the grocery store. Stay at a farm stay bed and breakfast and you’ll learn where it really comes from. This is a good thing.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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